“Tell America that the co-founder of NARAL says to love one another. Abortion is not love. Stop the killing. The world needs more love. I’m all about love now,” said Dr. Bernard Nathanson on his death bed.
As a co-founder of NARAL, Dr. Nathanson was at one time, one of the biggest pro-choice supporters. He claimed responsibility for 60,000 abortions, of which he includes procedures done by those he trained to perform the surgery. But one day, Nathanson witnessed an abortion take place via an ultrasound screen, and everything changed.
“I thought Planned Parenthood were my heroes, I got a job offer as a back-office nurse. I never went to nursing school…I was trained to lie to women and tell them it was not a baby,” said ex-Planned Parenthood employee Patricia Sandoval.
After working for Planned Parenthood, Sandoval realized what she was doing was wrong and is now a pro-life advocate and international speaker.
And let’s not forget about Anthony Levatino (M.D.). For years, he conducted abortions of all types until he realized the weight of what he was doing.
Do you know what all of these individuals have in common? They were once pro-choice supporters and became pro-life advocates.
When it comes to the issue of abortion, I’m constantly reminded that it isn’t just average Joes spearheading the fight. Rather, it is countless men and women whose eyes were opened to the lies of the industry. And as Roe continues to wreck the lives of innocent children, it is important to know the reality of what abortion is, where it came from, what it is doing, and how it hurts women.
Thankfully, movie director, Tracy Robinson saw the need for these answers and produced The Matter of Life. This almost two-hour-long film covers the history and horrors of abortion as well the powerful testimonies of those mentioned above and many others.
Of the film, Robinson says:
“The Matter of Life exists for people who have never heard the truth about abortion. I finally learned the truth about abortion in my late twenties. The harsh truth struck me and I immediately felt compelled to make a documentary film. The film depicts the truth and the facts, but not without compassion for the opposition. Given the approximately one million abortions in the United States per year, it’s important for people to know where they stand on this heated topic. The film answers hard questions, changes perspectives, and provides hope for the future.”
The film points out four major threats to Planned Parenthood: Parents, men, Christians, and former abortion workers. Because when these people rise up, the organization knows that babies will live. And as important as these individuals are, there is another unique group that Robinson reaches out to – the church.
During her 10-year research for this project, Robinson learned “4 in 10 women who have had abortions attended church in the month they became pregnant.”
From the pew, women are silently suffering and falling into the trap of abortion. As we (hopefully soon) reach a post-Roe world, it is important that we are prepared to stand up, encourage, and minister to those who have experienced such pain. Robinson did a wonderful job addressing this topic and inspires the church to “love like Jesus” when it comes to women who have undergone the procedure.
The film does an excellent job of explaining the abortion debate, industry, and how it came to be. It is very educational and I recommend it to adults of every age. However, parents should use caution for younger viewers.
It should be noted that there are graphic images used from first- and second-trimester abortions, as well as gruesome photos from the 1955 Mississippi murder of Emmitt Till. After Till’s murder, his mother wanted an open casket to show the world the horrific death her son endured. The Matter of Life uses the same tactic with images of aborted baby parts. There are also cartoon depictions of an abortion and a woman’s uterus as the procedure happens.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy, (Proverbs 31:8-9).
The Matter of Life will appear in theaters on May 16 and 17 as a special Fathom event. For more information, visit thematteroflife.org.